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Need Help Raking, Or Know Someone Who Does?

The South Milwaukee football team wants to help.

From coach Derek Hoff … this is very cool.

The South Milwaukee Football team will again be volunteering our time to Rake Leaves for families or people who could truly benefit from the service.

This will take place on Sunday October 18th from 12-2:30 PM

All 6-12th grade boys will be traveling around South Milwaukee raking, bagging leaves, and removing them from the property.

Please sign up any families or people who may have challenges with cleaning up their yards.  Use the Link below and we will try and get to ALL of the addresses that get signed up.

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More Headlines

Check out these South Shore headlines …

Also, NOW has published a new police blotter, and County Supervisor Pat Jursik has published her latest news update.

And here is an honor for former South Milwaukee runner and Lawrence University’s Josh Janusiak.

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It’s Rivalry Night!


The South Milwaukee football team travels to Cudahy tonight, as the two teams meet for the 87th time in one of the oldest rivalries in the area. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Rockets coach Derek Hoff wanted to share a few words on this great tradition. Coach, you have the floor …

The traditions of South Milwaukee have been a big part of our school and community.  One Tradition that was postponed in 2001 was the annual Rivalry Football game between South Milwaukee and Cudahy.  The 2 communities are separated by the dotted line on College Ave.  Both cities show great pride in their history and great pride in their grit/work ethic.  “The Rivalry” Football game between the 2 schools is almost 100 years old and was renewed in 2009 when the Rockets won 22-21 and since the renewal have won 6 straight over the Packers.  The series now rests at 46-35-5 in favor of Cudahy.  

If you read old newspaper articles or talk to former players, coaches, teachers, and administrators you will read/hear stories of 9,000+ people attending the annual game.  You will hear stories of more $ being bet and changing hands during this week between communities… specifically employees at Ladish and Bucyrus(Caterpillar).  

My purpose for e-mailing today is that many of our students will live and stay in South Milwaukee in the future.  Many of our students will have children that we teach in future years.  This game to many is ‘just’ a game…but to those that live here, grew up here, and will live here in the future it is way more than ‘JUST A GAME’.  

This game is about Pride.  It’s symbolic for both gritty communities and for the winner each year it states “we’re tougher and work harder than you!”  It carries a lot of weight across that dotted line on College Ave.  Tonight It would mean a lot to the Sons of South Milwaukee if you would pack the stands in Cudahy and cheer on the Rockets to Victory @ 7:00 in the 87th meeting between the schools. 

See all-time rivalry records here, and for more on rivalry’s history, click here.

Go Rockets!

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Friday: Support Justice For A Cure

Pink Day

Program begins at noon … then a parade of squads to raise awareness, and funds for breast cancer research.

See you there!

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Big Play, Big Win Sends Rockets To 4-2 Record

It was the kind of play that defines seasons — and might send the South Milwaukee football team to the WIAA playoffs.

The play: A double reverse pass from wide receiver Daijon McCoy to quarterback Jake Simuncak for an 81-yard touchdown in the Rockets’ 35-14 win over Brown Deer on Friday.

Check out the play here. It was beautiful to witness, and the start of a great game for Simuncak and the Rockets. In addition to the reception in the in the opening moments, Jake finished with 188 yards passing, including touchdowns of 75 and 41 yards to Lawrence Turner, as the Rockets moved to 4-2 with the annual rivalry game at Cudahy set for Friday.

The play is also up for Time Warner Cable’s Play of the Week award.

Twitter and Facebook users should use the hashtag #TopPlaysWI and @TWCSportsWI when sharing or retweeting the South Milwaukee play. In doing so, it will increase the chances of it winning the award.

From the TWC website …

The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Play of the Week promotion recognizes the best plays from our coverage of high school football this fall. We’ll select a winner every week, which will advance to the Play of the Year contest at the end of the regular season. Find out which play comes out on top every week at halftime of the following week’s games on TWC SportsChannel. Along with bragging rights, the Play of the Week winners will have a shot at the $1,000 Play of the Year Grand Prize that will be awarded to the athletic department of the school that executed the winning play. Watch ‘em… Tweet ‘em… Blow ‘em up! Tell us which play you think is best. Who knows, it could end up being our Play of the Year!

Watch the TWC replay of the game here.

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Honoring Three Terrific Local Businesses, Including Our Farmers’ Market

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The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has announced it is honoring three local businesses at its Oct. 29 banquet — including one particularly near and dear to my heart: the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.

It, PDQ Tooling of St. Francis and Jen’s Sweet Treats of Cudahy will be honored at the annual awards dinner and silent auction at the Pulaski Inn.

Congratulations to all three businesses, especially our farmers’ market and the people who make it happen.

I am proud to have played a part in starting the market seven seasons ago, and I could not have predicted how big it has become. It’s humbling, and exciting, to see how far we’ve come … and where we’re headed.

We have one of the best markets in the region. Let’s all celebrate that.

Tickets for the dinner are still available for $40 each, or tables of eight for $320, and can be purchased through the chamber. The proceeds of silent auction will be for the SSCC Scholarship Fund to benefit South Shore seniors pursuing higher education. Silent auction donations can be delivered to The K-Ranch, BMO Harris Bank – Cudahy Branch, or by contacting the chamber 483-8615 for pick-up.

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Big Rocketober Weekend: Homecoming, Warming House Open House, Food Trucks And More

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Rocketober picks up this weekend, with several big events around town. They are …

  • Tonight: The South Milwaukee Yacht Club’s Yachtoberfest begins at 5:30, and South Milwaukee takes on Brown Deer for Homecoming starting at 7.
  • Saturday: The Friends of the Mill Pond host their Warming House Open House from noon to 4 p.m. … and just down the road I’ll be hosting a Meet the Mayor session from 2 to 4 at Ferch’s Beachside at Grant Park Beach.
  • Sunday: The food trucks return to downtown South Milwaukee, with the Fall Festival of Food Trucks set for noon to 3 p.m. on 11th Avenue at the farmers’ market site.

Check out the full Rocketober schedule here, and like the Rocketober Facebook page for regular updates.

And the weather looks fantastic!

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